Belhus CC weekend reports 17th / 18th April 2010
Saturday 1st X1
Shepshed 155-8 in 40 overs Belhus CC 156-2 (23 overs) won by 8 wkts
The club hosted Shepshed Town from Leicestershire League Division One; they had a Worcestershire county player Ghuman in their side.
Shepshed made a slow but positive start after Smith went for two when his stump was cart wheeled by Dale Kenyon. Opener Hall scored 55 before being bowled by Ricky Ellis, Hall retired out when he reached 50.
It was youngster Ricky Ellis who took the prized scalp of Ghuman who popped one up to square leg for skipper Richard Day to pouch comfortably.
At a time when the Shepshed innings should have picked up momentum, Billy Winter came into the attack and saw the dangerous Shaw (usually a no 3, dropped down due to picking up a knock in practice), Thompson and Gibson become victims of his tight bowling, Billy was helped by wicketkeeper Michael Fogg’s agility with a catch and a stumping, his gained his other wicket from a catch by Michael Cansdale.
Johns was the recipient of a run out without facing as debutant Michael Gray pounced and threw down the wicket.
Belhus CC also lost an early wicket when skipper Richard Day fell LBW to Ghuman for 3.
That was the only similarity as the innings moved along at pace 108-1 in 12 overs, leaving Shepshed fielders and bowlers shell shocked.
Joe Joyce at 15 years old putting away over pitched balls from Ghuman with superb timing on route to his 69, which was aided by a runner, ( Michael Fogg) after he earlier tweaked a muscle, he was helped in the run chase by the experienced Roy Heffernan who accumulated 37 not out, once Joyce departed Chris Didd also aided by a runner (skipper Richard Day) this after being hit by the sightscreen which was being moved into position, scored 11 not out to take Belhus 1st X1 to a comfortable 8 wicket victory.
Saturday 2nd X1
Belhus 2nd X1 99 all out (27.4 overs) Nazeing Common 1st X1 101-1 (27.5 overs) Lost by 9 wkts
After an incident packed week saw a change in venue and fixture.
The 2nd X1 played against Nazeing Common 1st X1, who themselves had been let down for a fixture.
After a very poor start 11 runs for 5 wkts, Belhus rallied to reach 99 all out, as Danny Norris top scored with 30, Owen Jefferies 18 supported him as the tail wagged. Realistically 30-40 runs short of good total
In reply Nazeing Common slowly moved to101 –1, on what can be described as a sporty track, the only wicket coming from Owen Jefferies.
Saturday 3rd X1
Nazeing Common 2nd X1 205 all out (40 overs) Belhus 3rd X1 92 all out (40 overs) lost by 113 runs
After Alfie Rowley bowled the opener for a duck, Edwards 61 and Walker 60 took the game to the Belhus bowlers.
That was until veterans Cliff Cansdale 2-22 and Mike Squires 6-27 ripped out the heart of the opposition, the bowlers were backed by the fielders as Mike Squires and Alfie Rowley took catches, whilst young wicket keeper Ben Kent took a neat stumping off the bowling of Squires. Another youngster Tony Ellis was quick to get the ball in to run out last man Dove.
It was Dove 4 wkts for 7 runs who had the last laugh, only Alex Jennings 23 and Darren Frampton 36 made an impression as Plume completed the route with 3 wkts for 9 runs.
Sunday 1st X1
Abridge 166 – 8 (40 overs) Belhus Sun 1st X1 167-7 () won by 3 wkts
The hard hitting Padfield set the scene, joined by fellow veteran Dave Cross they set about the Belhus bowlers, that was until Michael Cansdale took charge, he took 4 excellent catches and ran out Cross in an excellent fielding display. Club Chairman Brian Edwards slow left armer’s reaped the rewards with 3 wickets.
Belhus lost regular wickets as skipper Stuart Morris departed, soon followed by Saturday 2nd X1 skipper Tom Thompson, Belhus took charge as Michael Fogg, Michael Cansdale and Roy Heffernan took the score close to the Abridge total, to see Danny Norris arrive at the crease with a runner (Michael Cansdale) to complete the victory.
Sunday 2nd X1
Belhus Sun 2nd X1 168-7 (40 overs) Essex Carriers 136 all out won by 32 runs.
14-year-old Ryan Wells with 71 starred with the bat as he and veteran Jim Banner 53 ensured a target for their bowlers after tea.
Cliff Cansdale continued on from where he left off on Saturday, today though with a 4-wkt haul, Debutant Steve Williams helped himself to a 3 for, as Father Paul Hall (1 wkt) and his son Sam bowled tightly to help the team to a comfortable win.